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The launch of the Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera Body includes the special edition D800E, designed for photographers who require the sharpest images possible, which is achieved by removing anti-aliasing properties from the optical filter. Apart from the modified filter, the D800E boasts the same astonishing specifications as the D800 - 36.3 megapixels in a full-frame (FX) format, and many of the crowd-pleasing features of the recently launched flagship D4 digital SLR camera. Like the D800, the Nikon D800E also features the same newly developed CMOS sensor with an area of 35.9 x 24mm, a standard ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to a range of 50-25600), the Nikon 51-point advanced AF system, continuous shooting up to 4fps (or up to 6fps when using DX Crop mode), as well as the exciting addition of full 1080p HD movie recording, including many of the revolutionary new video features found in the D4 such as a clean HDMI output. More
August 2013 - With a pixel count matching some medium format cameras, a high-speed AF system and a compact, rugged body, the Nikon D800 is an established favourite among enthusiast and professional photographers alike. Tim Coleman sees how well it fares in use and also weighs up its performance against the D800E. Read more... »
The Nikon D800E: I am the big picture video
Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with 36.3 effective megapixels
The D800/D800E render levels of texture, nuance and detail to your photography that, until now, have been the exclusive domain of the complicated medium-format system. Define every eyelash, every line in tree bark, and every shimmer of light. Savor the exceptional depth in your still images — with the combination of an astounding 36.3 effective megapixels, the world's highest*, and the outstanding performance of NIKKOR lenses, you can. Enlarge them as big as A1 poster-sized prints (59.4 x 84.1 cm/23.4 x 33.1 in.) at 200 dpi, or crop aggressively to reach the composition you desire, all without sacrificing the detail and tonal range of the original. In order to maintain clean, high-resolution images, 14-bit A/D conversion within the sensor and a high signal-to-noise ratio deliver phenomenal images in a diverse array of situations. The image sensor's incredible potential does not stop with photography, either. For cinematographers ready to put their exceptionally sharp NIKKOR lenses into action, the D800/D800E's 36.3 effective megapixel data is efficiently processed for exquisite 1080p broadcast quality video at 30p.
*As of February 7, 2012, among interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras employing an image sensor of 35mm film size.
Standard ISO 100 to ISO 6400, range expandable to ISO 50 to 25600 equivalent
High-resolution, studio-quality images shouldn't be restricted to the studio. The D800/D800E set a new benchmark for high-resolution D-SLR cameras, with crisp clean images across a wide ISO range. Flexibility like this opens up new imaging opportunities for both still photographers and cinematographers alike during the "magic hour", the time just before dawn or at dusk when available light is often beautiful but scarce. Even at high ISO settings, the camera's intelligent noise reduction systems manage noise without sacrificing fine details, giving the D800/D800E the edge. The difference can even be seen in low-contrast subjects such as hair and grass textures, which are often essential elements of cinema as well as high-resolution portraits and landscape images. High image quality at higher ISOs also means that you can shoot still images handheld more confidently, knowing that fast shutter speeds will reduce blur.
A strategic approach to turn light to your advantage
Combining both high-resolution performance and a wide ISO sensitivity range has finally become a reality. Nikon engineers have developed intelligent new methods to manipulate light transmission to the sensor's photodiodes: from the optical low-pass filter and on-chip gapless micro lenses to the image sensor's internal design, every measure has been taken to maximize and improve light transmission in order to deliver crisp, brilliant images with significantly less noise. All this is possible under a wide variety of lighting conditions, enabling you to get the most out of your NIKKOR lenses.
The ultimate attention to detail - the D800E
D800E Nikon engineers have developed a unique alternative for those seeking the ultimate in definition. The D800E incorporates an optical filter with all the anti-aliasing properties removed in order to facilitate the sharpest images possible. This is an ideal tool for photographers who can control light, distance and their subjects to the degree where they can mitigate the occurrence of moiré. Aside from the optical filter, all functions and features are the same as on the D800.
Note: The D800E carries an increased possibility that moiré and false color will appear, compared to the D800. IR cut and antireflective coating properties of the optical filter remain the same with both versions.
Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System that includes an Image Sensor Cleaning function
Any dust that reaches the image sensor results in unattractive spots on your images. To prevent this, the D800/D800E employ Nikon's Integrated Dust Reduction System, which includes a self-cleaning sensor unit with four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. This function can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned on or off, or to manual.
EXPEED 3 image-processing engine: speed, versatility, and high performance
High-megapixel still images are detail-rich but data-heavy. With the D800/D800E, however, you don't have to sacrifice speed for this privilege. Dedicated to understanding speed and its role in image making, Nikon engineers designed a powerful EXPEED 3 image-processing engine exclusively for digital SLRs. From image processing and card recording to image playback and image transfer, EXPEED 3 manages massive amounts of data at faster speeds than EXPEED 2. Even with specialized processing features like Active D-Lighting and high ISO noise reduction, capture speed is not affected. EXPEED 3 is so powerful that it handles data-intensive tasks such as Full HD video recording at 30p with ease. You'll also notice the difference in your still images and videos through minimized noise and even richer colors and tones. In addition to these fundamental advantages, the D800/D800E reduce the kind of color phase shift that some cameras have difficulty with in similar situations.
14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for rich tones and natural colours
Tonal gradation is where an image transforms from simply representing life to taking on a life of its own. The D800/D800E do exactly that, with cutting-edge image processing that injects vital energy into your images. Black is rendered as pitch black, and shadow details are subtle and rich. Even under harsh, high-contrast light, where some cameras can fail, the D800/D800E's gradation remains smooth with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white.
Lateral chromatic aberration reduction: Take full advantage of your NIKKOR lens collection
High-megapixel sensors can really test the quality of your lenses, but you can be confident that the combination of brilliant NIKKOR lenses and Nikon's intelligent processing measures will significantly reduce lateral chromatic aberration to give you incredibly natural-looking results. Unlike other correction methods that simply eliminate chromatic aberration, Nikon's method compensates for these color differences in a resolving index for each color, making it particularly effective in producing images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness. Moreover, because these corrections are made regardless of the NIKKOR lens used, this feature contributes substantially to achieving the sharpest images possible.
Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91K-pixel RGB sensor
Nikon's revolutionary Advanced Scene Recognition System, introduced with the flagship D4 camera, is also employed in the D800/D800E. At its core is a 91K-pixel RGB sensor that meticulously analyzes each scene with the fine resolution. The RGB sensor can recognize your scene's colors and brightness with unprecedented precision, then use that information to implement various automatic controls and give you more natural-looking results. The real breakthrough, however, is that the sensor can detect human faces with startling accuracy when shooting through the optical viewfinder. Along with face detection, detailed scene analysis is utilized to support more accurate autofocus, auto exposure and i-TTL flash exposure results in a diverse range of compositional and lighting situations. The improved subject tracking is most noticeable when using 3D-tracking, which can maintain a focus on moving subjects smaller in size than with previous generations.
More accurate face detection in auto-area AF and subject tracking in 3D-tracking
Auto-area AF and 3D-tracking are AF-area modes unique to Nikon that use your subject's color and brightness information to detect focus. With the D800/D800E and their more precise information and subject recognition advancements, expect big steps forward for both AF-area modes when taking high-quality still images. In auto-area AF, the camera can genuinely detect human faces and focuses on them immediately — useful when faces are a priority and there's no time to choose focus points. When using 3D-tracking, the sensor's fine resolution combines with a specifically optimized AF algorithm to realize unprecedented subject tracking precision, recognizing detailed patterns to keep your subject in sharp focus.
3D color matrix metering III for more accurate exposures
3D color matrix metering III Professional photographers who shoot still images know that Nikon's metering system delivers supremely well-balanced exposures. Thanks to the 91K-pixel RGB sensor, the D800/D800E have far more detailed scene information at its disposal — including detected face information. This data helps the 3D color matrix metering III deliver more desirable auto exposures, especially when there are human faces present. When the D800/D800E detect a human face in a backlit situation, the camera determines the overall exposure while prioritizing the facial exposure, which might otherwise be underexposed. When a face is lit from the front and appears much brighter than the background, the camera recognizes the situation and avoids blowing out the facial details.
More balanced results in i-TTL balanced fill-flash and Active D-Lighting
i-TTL balanced fill-flash Nikon's i-TTL system has long been considered the most accurate flash control system in photography, but now face detection and highlight analysis by the 91K-pixel RGB sensor pushes performance even further. With the D800/D800E's enhanced i-TTL balanced fill-flash, you can more precisely illuminate people's faces in relation to their surrounding brightness using either the built-in flash or an external hot-shoed Nikon Speedlight. For weddings and fashion shoots, or any photography that relies on the highest-quality still images, this new standard redefines what a flash system should be. Face detection also makes a difference when Active D-Lighting is used to retain highlights and shadows in high-contrast lighting situations. Faces will be optimally exposed both in the sun and in the shade.
Light source identification for auto white balance in still images
The D800/D800E's auto white balance is incredibly accurate in a diverse range of shooting situations, aided by unique Nikon technology that effectively identifies your light sources, both natural and artificial. With the 91K-pixel RGB sensor and the image sensor working together, the camera renders white as white with supreme accuracy. Or if you prefer, the auto white balance can be set to reflect the warmth of ambient, incandescent lighting.
Contribution to D-Movie shooting
The D800/D800E's Advanced Scene Recognition System enhances not only still image shooting but also various controls used in movie shooting. It identifies light sources and human faces finely, utilizing the high resolution of the image sensor to deliver accurate auto white balance and exposure control during movie shooting, and improves the precision of subject-tracking AF. Furthermore, it automatically detects flicker effects, and controls the exposure to reduce them.
Direct access to Picture Control that enables quick setting
Customize the look of your stills and videos through Picture Controls by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpening, saturation, and hue. The D800/D800E now allow you to access Picture Control instantly and directly from a dedicated button rather than entering the menu. When live view shooting, you can visually confirm how customized Picture Control settings will look and easily adjust the parameters.
Nikon D800E - 2 Year Warranty
To take advantage of the extended warranty you are required to register the product within 30 days of purchase. The camera or kit must have been distributed by Nikon UK & Republic of Ireland, through an official UK retailer such as Wex Photographic.
For details on how to register your product online please click here. Alternatively you can complete the in-box warranty slip or telephone 0800 408 5060 (Nikon UK).
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Wow, great image quality and fantastic dynamic range. Picture quality for dslr doesn't get any better than this.
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I would reccomend this product
Everything is pretty good about this camera. I miss the focus point selector on the outside that I have on my D300, You have to use the MENU to change this. Also I am confused about the single point focus (which I see on the D300) it appears to be only 51 & 11 (maybe I'm miss reading the manual). On the D300 it has 51, 9 & 1, on the D800 it has 51 & 11???. Also I have had to upgrade my PS Elements software to handle the new NEF RAW files. I use the DX lens from my D300 but it catches me out when I zoom out too much (heads get cut off). I now have to invest in FX lenses. I like the live view button on & off selector, this is a big improvement on my D300. Still struggling to take good clear shots of moving targets using the continuous AF tracking mode. The autofocusing is a bit slow, this maybe down to my technique.
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Top product from nikon.
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
First class bit of kit from nikon . The only thing Im do not get is the quality of battery door when spending this much money it does seem flimsy also the camera strap just deos'nt seem top gear shame as camera in my eyes is 10 out of 10. Wex once again is the only place I will shop as Im never disappointed top service , had to return first unit because of fault and things where sorted with in two days . Not what you want but when customer service sorts things out to your satisfaction you now your dealing with the best.
It's just amazing ... the quality in Studio is mind blowing ... it's just perfect for fashion, Studio or Location shoot ... even in High ISO the quality is top !
A Pleasure to Use - and Pin-Sharp Images
I find it light and easy to use, with similar features to the D4 (fewer frames per second in continuous drive) and brilliant sharpness. The build quality is what you expect from Nikon and, although expensive, it should justify the cost in image quality as well as in reliability and length of useful life. It will be a long time before 36 megapixels are surpassed as a gold standard and the D800E should still be working then.
Bought as an upgrade from a D7000 and the difference is very noticeable. It is a smashing camera and you require a little patience in getting used to certain things, but a little time experimenting and working things out pays off. I mainly got it for shooting Landscapes and Architecture which it excels on, especially tripod work. Detail is superb and although it is heavy, you know it is a pro camera. Buy an external hard drive too, it'll be worth it.
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St Georges Tower, Vauxhall
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Just the camera I've been waiting for!
About Me Pro Photographer
First body arrived with a blotch on the sensor and had to be returned for replacement. (It's always worth checking a new camera for hot pixels and other sensor issues). Now I'm continually amazed at the stunning levels of definition from this incredible camera. Video is excellent too. ... and of course, I had to beef up my computer to handle the BIG files!
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Stunning image quality
Great image quality. A step up from the D700 in terms of resolution and dynamic range. Pity the battery compartment door is so flimsy; already had to replace mine in the first few weeks. But still a great product. Love the built in 4:5 crop. Just make sure your computer is up to handling the large raw file sizes.
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If you can find one.... Buy it
from West Yorks
Having used D3/700 for last 3 years the D800E offers a huge step forward. The high ISO capability is surprisingly good and image quality is stunning. I don't have scientific tests etc, just real world use shows how good it is.Downsides..needs grip for extra controls as per D3/4. My PC isn't up to processing the files and a new i7 with 8gb RAM and decent graphics card was needed. CS4 won't update to convert RAW files from the 800 so CS5 or 6 is required. Average RAW file is 45mb and converted jpeg is 21mb. ONLY buy the memory cards that NIKON recommend as others will not work. I have both Sandisk Extreme Pro and Lexar Pro which work fine.Have seen comments on net that D800 is flimsy and won't last etc etc. I don't agree with this at all. Mine has already been out in the rain and is fine, just as the D3 is. I really can't think of anything bad to say about the D800E, just think before you buy one, is your PC / Mac up to it or will that be another expense ? Other than that, find one, buy it and happy shooting
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D800E with 85mm 1.4AF-S G at ISO 6400
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Included Accessories: EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-25 battery charger (AC wall adapter supplied only in countries or regions where required), Strap (AN-DC6 for D800, AN-DC6E for D800E), UC-E14 USB cable, USB cable clip, BF-1B body cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, BM-12 monitor cover, ViewNX 2 installer CD
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